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Title:Multiferroicity in spin ice: towards a magnetic crystallography of Tb2Ti2O7 in a field

Abstract: We combine two aspects of magnetic frustration, multiferroicity and emergent quasi-particles in spin liquids, by studying magneto-electric monopoles. Spin ice offers to couple these emergent topological defects to external fields, and to each other, in unusual ways, making possible to lift the degeneracy underpinning the spin liquid and to potentially stabilize novel forms of charge crystals, opening the path to a "magnetic crystallography". In developing the general phase diagram including nearest-neighbour coupling, Zeeman energy, electric and magnetic dipolar interactions, we uncover the emergence of a bi-layered crystal of singly-charged monopoles, whose stability, remarkably, is strengthened by an external [110] magnetic field. Our theory is able to account for the ordering process of Tb2Ti2O7 in large field for reasonably small electric energy scales.
Comments: 10 pages, 10 figures
Subjects: Strongly Correlated Electrons (cond-mat.str-el)
Journal reference: Phys. Rev. B 91, 214422 (2015)
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.214422
Cite as: arXiv:1502.04059 [cond-mat.str-el]
  (or arXiv:1502.04059v1 [cond-mat.str-el] for this version)

Submission history

From: Ludovic D.C. Jaubert [view email]
[v1] Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:10:39 UTC (4,767 KB)